TAG Heuer, Google and Intel have just completed a press conference at Baselworld 2015 to announce their partnership and foray into the smartwatch wristspace. I guess that if someone in the watch industry was going to go all out and do it this way, Jean-Claude Biver was going to be the one. Here is the press release just issued by Intel, which is also available at this link.
This is going to be very interesting indeed.
Baselworld, Switzerland, 19 March 2015 — TAG Heuer, Google and Intel have announced a partnership to launch a Swiss smartwatch powered by Intel technology and Android Wear. The effort signifies a new era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley, bringing together each company’s respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware.
The collaboration was made official at Baselworld, during a press conference held on Thursday 19th March at the TAG Heuer booth. Jean-Claude Biver, President of the Watch Division LVMH Group and CEO of TAG Heuer, David Singleton, Director of Engineering for Android Wear, and Michael Bell, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s New Devices Group, joined each other on stage.
Together, these companies will create a product that is both luxurious and seamlessly connected to its wearer’s daily life — a culmination of innovation, creativity and design from Silicon Valley in California and the Watch Valley in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
“Swiss watchmaking and Silicon Valley is a marriage of technological innovation with watchmaking credibility. Our collaboration provides a rich host of synergies, forming a win-win partnership, and the potential for our three companies is enormous,”said Jean-Claude Biver.
Guy Sémon, General Manager of TAG Heuer added: “The quality of Swiss watches is renowned worldwide. When this is allied with the creative technology and global power of two companies like Intel and Google, using the Android Wear platform and based on Intel technology, we can see the launch of a technological revolution in our industry, of which I am proud to be a pioneer today with TAG Heuer.”
David Singleton noted, “By fusing beauty with technology, the Swiss watch has inspired generations of artists and engineers alike — including us at Google. So we’re thrilled to be working with TAG Heuer and Intel to bring a unique blend of emotion and innovation to the luxury market. Together, and using the Android Wear platform, we can imagine a better, beautiful, smarter watch.”
“As we work to enable technology experiences that provide greater utility and value to people, Intel is confident that a collective approach will inspire new innovation in wearable technology. The collaboration with TAG Heuer and Google brings us closer to realizing the vision of wearable technology with a distinctive smartwatch that elevates the category,” remarked Michael Bell.
About TAG HEUER
TAG Heuer, the avant-garde of Swiss watchmaking since 1860. TAG Heuer has always pushed back the boundaries ever further, inventing incredible watches and chronographs for those who love to challenge conventions. This technical know-how was harnessed at a very early stage for achieving extreme precision in time control. The long standing partnerships cultivated with motor racing and elite sportsmen echo the teamwork, courage and taste for challenge and risk, which drive TAG Heuer to always gobeyond the traditions of the watchmaking industry. The brand identity is intimately linked to its founding principle of anti-conformism. Its slogan, “#Dontcrackunderpressure”, is far more than a figure of speech: it is a state of mind. Additional information about TAG Heuer is available at presscorner.tagheuer.com
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